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Centering Black Bodies and Voices in the Public Health Response to the Black Maternal Health Crisis is a Course

Centering Black Bodies and Voices in the Public Health Response to the Black Maternal Health Crisis

Started Apr 17, 2020


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LIVE WEBINAR April 17 @ 12-1pm EST. This event was originally planned for March 27th and has been rescheduled.

Keynote Presentation from PHSAD's Annual Health Equity Conference

Dr. Lynn Roberts will present an overview of the reproductive justice (RJ) framework and share her “notes from the field” on how the RJ movement is contesting and reimagining the public health discourse and response to racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity. In her address, she will present examples of the bold and unapologetic use of reproductive justice framing to ensure that Black mamas and Black births matter to all of us.


Public health professionals and students interested in maternal and child health and reproductive justice.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the origins and key tenets of the reproductive justice framework
  • Recognize ways to apply reproductive justice principles through engagement in transformative research, policies, and praxis that center those who are most impacted by Black maternal death
  • Consider opportunities to integrate a reproductive justice framework into future public health scholarship


Lynn Roberts, PhD, Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Alumni Relations, City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy

Dr. Roberts’ activism and scholarship examine the intersections of race, gender and other marginalities in adolescent dating relationships, juvenile justice and reproductive health policies; as well as the impact of models of collaborative inquiry and teaching on civic and political engagement. 

Continuing Education Credit

1.0 CHES Category I CECH, Areas of Responsibility: 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 4.2.1, 7.3.1

Certificate of Completion

The Michigan Public Health Training Center is a designated provider (ID# 99038) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


This webcast features the keynote presentation from the 33rd Annual Health Equity Conference offered by the Public Health Students of African Descent (PHSAD) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 

The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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